Montinique Monroe is a 27-year-old freelance photojournalist based in Austin. On April 15, 1993, when she was just a few months old, her father, Paul Monroe, was killed by a police officer. She recently wrote for the news outlet Vox about the lasting impact of her father’s death on her own life.
“My father was allegedly involved in an armed robbery where police were called, and my father was given demands to drop a duffel bag he was holding,” Monroe said. “He dropped the bag. He was given demands to get on the ground, and before he could get on the ground, former police officer Steven Deaton shot him. In the more than 50-page police incident report, another officer who is at the scene said that she could hear my father saying, ‘I can’t see. I can’t feel my legs. I need water.’“